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About IAVS
What is IAVS?

The International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS) is a worldwide union of scientists and others interested in theoretical and practical studies of vegetation: its composition and structure, history, classification, distribution, ecology, dynamics, management and uses in the landscape. The main goals of the IAVS are to facilitate personal contacts among vegetation scientists all over the world and to promote research in all aspects of vegetation science and its applications.

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Our Aims
  • to promote research and education in vegetation science
  • to promote the publication of research results in vegetation science
  • to facilitate scientific and personal contacts among vegetation scientists of all countries
  • to promote applications of vegetation science
  • to increase awareness of and to disseminate knowledge about vegetation
  • Toward these ends we hold meetings and excursions, sponsor publications, and provide mechanisms for vegetation scientists to communicate with each other and the world at large

The original precursor of the IAVS was founded in 1939, as the International Phytosociological Society (IPS), with headquarters in Montpellier. The IPS was re-established after the War, eventually as the Internationale Vereinigung für Vegetationskunde (IVV), which established itself more formally in 1954, at the International Botanical Congress in Paris, by adopting a constitution. The IVV served mainly German-speaking Europe and began holding international symposia at first Stolzenau and later Rinteln almost every year from 1956 to 1981.